Open Notebooks Part V: Notational Velocity and 1 superRobot

The thought occurred that not everyone wants to take their notes in Scrivener. You might prefer the simple elegance and speed of Notational Velocity, for instance. Yet, when it comes time to integrate those notes, to interrogate those notes, to rearrange them to see what kind of coherent structure you might have, Scrivener is hard to beat. With Notational Velocity installed, go to ‘preferences’. Under ‘Notes’ change ‘Read notes from folder’ to point to the Scrivener synchronization folder. Then, change ‘store and read notes on disk as:’ to ‘rich text format files’. This will save every note as a separate … Continue reading Open Notebooks Part V: Notational Velocity and 1 superRobot

Open Notebooks Part IV – autogenerating a table of contents

I’ve got MDWiki installed as the public face of my open notebook. Getting it installed was easy, but I made it hard, and so I’ll have to collect my thoughts and remember exactly what I did… but, as I recall, it was this bit I found in the documentation that got me going: First off, create a new (empty) repository on GitHub, then; git clone https://github.com/exalted/mdwiki-seed.git cd mdwiki-seed git remote add foobar <HTTPS/SSH Clone URL of the New Repository> git push foobar gh-pages   Then, I just had to remember to edit the ‘gh-pages’ branch. Also, on github, if you … Continue reading Open Notebooks Part IV – autogenerating a table of contents

Open notebooks part III

I’ve sussed the Scrivener syncing issue by moving the process of converting out of the syncing folder (remember, not the actual project folder, but the ‘sync to external folder’). I then have created four automator applications to push my stuff to github in lovely markdown. Another thing I’ve learned today: when writing in Scrivener, just keep your formatting simple. Don’t use markdown syntax within Scrivener or your stuff on github will end up looking like this \##second-heading. I mean, it’s still legible, but not as legible as we’d like. So – I have four robots. I write in Scrivener, keep … Continue reading Open notebooks part III

An Open Research Notebook Workflow with Scrivener and Github Part 2: Now With Dillinger.io!

A couple of updates: First item The four scripts that sparkygetsthegirl crafted allow him to 1. write in Scrivener, 2. sync to a Dropbox folder, 3. Convert to md, 4. then open those md files on an android table to write/edit/add 5. and then reconvert to rtf for syncing back into Scrivener. I wondered to myself, what about some of the online markdown editors? Dillinger.io can scan Dropbox for md files. So, I went to Dillinger.io, linked it to my dropbox, scanned for md files, and lo! I found my project notes. So if the syncing folder is shared with other … Continue reading An Open Research Notebook Workflow with Scrivener and Github Part 2: Now With Dillinger.io!

An Open Research Notebook Workflow with Scrivener and Github

I like Scrivener. I *really* like being able to have my research and my writing in the same place, and most of all, I like being able to re-arrange the cards until I start to see the ideas fall into place. I’m a bit of a visual learner, I suppose. (Which makes it ironic that I so rarely provide screenshots here. But I digress). What I’ve been looking for is a way to share my research, my lab notes, my digital ephemera in a single notebook. Lots of examples are out there, but another criterion is that I need to … Continue reading An Open Research Notebook Workflow with Scrivener and Github